CAN I book a table for this evening, I ask over the phone, only to be met by a Jamie Oliver-esque reply of: “Sorry, we don’t take bookings.” I press on regardless. I’m hoping to eat about 6pm, I say. I take it the restaurant will be quiet around then if I just turn up? “No, that’s our busiest time,” the voice continues.
SOME say love is a burning thing, or so Phosphorescent’s Matthew Houck is moodily claiming tonight anyway through the restaurant’s sound system. Probably on Spotify. I know who he is only because I idly Shazam the tune on my phone as I sit crunching my way through black pudding spring rolls. And I’m believing the owners of Fault and Blame when they claim this is genuine Stornoway black pudding inside.
IT’S the ad hoc approach to restaurant reviewing on these pages, which means zero planning, zero preparation and usually zero idea where I’m going until I get there. And even then I’m sometimes not sure. Only the faintest sounds of garment rending, teeth gnashing and hair pulling drifting my way from the editorial suites of this mighty organ indicate that my esteemed production colleagues are not fully on board with this system.
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
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Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
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Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
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Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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